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Volume 34 Issue 16

Grade INFLATION: Harvard study details its own rising grade problem >

April 18th, 2002

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences study said that grade inflation appeared most noticeably at Ivy League institutions, particularly Harvard. A study of undergraduate grades at Harvard, released last November by that university's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, showed that almost half of all grades were A or A-minus. The report details 16 years […]

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OBITUARY: John K. Hall II >

April 18th, 2002

A campus memorial service was held this week for John K. Hall II, a lecturer in the Department of Psychology, who died April 2, 2002, at his parents' home in Elizabeth, Pa. He was 37. Hall was teaching three courses this semester — Introduction to Clinical Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, and Abnormal Psychology — to […]

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Grade INFLATION: Grade Expectations: Students often have too high an opinion of their work >

April 18th, 2002

As Pitt recruits more undergraduates with sky-high SAT scores and hypertrophic high school QPA's, some professors have noticed increasing shock, disbelief and anger among students who earn lower-than-A grades in their courses. Indirectly, the profs say, students' indignation can translate into grade inflation, as faculty face the choice: Appease students by awarding high grades, or […]

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Grade INFLATION: Provost Maher on grading at Pitt >

April 18th, 2002

In an interview this week, Provost James Maher talked about Pitt grading policies and practices. "I don't think there would be anything to be gained from my office accusing certain professors or academic units of inflating grades," Pitt's chief academic officer said. "My approach is to press faculty, generally, to keep looking at their grading, […]

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2 legislators say they will look into additional costs for Petersen center >

April 18th, 2002

Two state legislators plan to press Pitt's administration for more details on financing of the Petersen Events Center, following reports that the University is seeking an additional $10 million on top of the $53 million that the state already has committed to the project. Pitt had hoped to inaugurate "The Pete" by holding April 28's […]

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